Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described those carrying “malicious” rumours of President Muhammadu Buhari’s death as callous and treacherous.Obasanjo, in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, made available to Saturday Tribune in Abeokuta, on Friday, noted that those peddling the rumours that the President is dead are “callous, wicked and treacherous.”
He warned Nigerians against politicisation of issues relating to the president’s health, saying that he was equally rumoured dead about 12 times in and out of office as the president of the country.
Obasanjo said that Buhari needed prayers from all and sundry to boost his morale rather than resorting to “worrisome” declarations, submitting that “no normal human being will wish an elderly person dead, irrespective of their differences.
“If you don’t like him, wait for another election, not going about to say he is dead. No matter his health situation, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back stronger and better. For anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous.
“I was also rumoured to have died almost 12 times. I don’t know what they derive from doing so, but they should seek for forgiveness.
“Even if we know that the president is sick, he is in a better position to know what to say or what to do and not wishing him dead. We should just stop politicizing everything, especially with the elderly in the country,” he said.